Palin packs a punch

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You didn't think vice-presidential candidates could electrify an American electorate, did you?

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Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivers the end of her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.  Associated Press
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Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin delivers the end of her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

But that was before Sarah Palin came along.

The energy and passion in her speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention was not just an exhortation but an invitation to every citizen: "If character is the measure in this election, and hope the theme, and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause."

The governor of Alaska, former mayor and proud "hockey mom" cracked a joke during the speech that is as telling as anything about her attitude and style: "What's the difference between a pit bull and a hockey mom? Lipstick."

People saw flashes of that attitude during the speech as she blew holes through the Potemkin village that is Barack Obama's political record and platform -- each statement delivered with the accuracy of a Bobby Orr slap shot.

"(L)istening to him speak," she said, "it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform -- not even in the state senate."

And this gem: "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."

And especially this: "What does (Obama) actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger, take more of your money, give you more orders from Washington and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world."

The VP candidate's intelligence and vigor were running neck-and-neck with her charm Wednesday night.

People watching her speech likely saw aspects of themselves in Sarah Palin. A proud spouse. A loving parent. A driven professional. A strong leader. A concerned citizen who boldly dives in to make her community better -- whether she's a PTA member or the governor of an entire state.

Don't let the geographic location of Alaska fool you. Palin is Middle America, through and through. She can tell you the price of a gallon of milk because she has actually bought a few in her life. She doesn't have to rely on some political staffer to brief her on milk's price between campaign stops. She is by no means immune to the problems faced by the typical American family.

Though Palin stands on a nominee's pedestal, her ideological feet are planted firmly on the ground, standing side by side with her fellow Americans. She is simply outstanding at connecting with people.

And talk about connecting -- and resonating -- with an audience: The trio of speakers who preceded Palin reminded people what a strong slate of Republicans were vying for the presidency such a short time ago. Each speech was superb in its own way.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney ripped into the liberal mentality that is permeating Washington, D.C. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee displayed his characteristic wit in constructing the grim scenario of an Obama presidency.

But former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's go-get-'em rouser so powerfully underscored what's at stake in this election. In bold strokes, he painted a compelling picture of the Democratic candidate.

"This is not a personal attack; it's a statement of fact," Giuliani said. "Barack Obama has never led anything. Nothing. Nada."

He also pointed out Obama's record as an Illinois state legislator -- during which he voted only "present" almost 130 times.

"As mayor of New York City, I never got a chance to vote 'present,' " Giuliani said. "And you know, when you're president of the United States, you can't just vote 'present.' You must make decisions."

Three compelling speakers -- all paving the way for Palin's outstanding appearance Wednesday night.

Palin is by no means "politics as usual." Choosing her for the VP slot alongside fellow self-described maverick John McCain helped send a clear message of change to voters who are throwing their hats to the ground in disgust over our ineffective, underperforming federal government.

Now voters must decide which change they can believe in.

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youknowit
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youknowit 09/05/08 - 01:09 pm
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converted...you're funny

converted...you're funny

convertedsoutherner
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convertedsoutherner 09/05/08 - 01:09 pm
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I had wondered if the

I had wondered if the postings of peace were a joke and now I know.

EJ
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EJ 09/05/08 - 01:09 pm
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peace4784, I think I hear

peace4784, I think I hear your Mama calling you.....must be nappy time! Bye, bye!

peace4784
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peace4784 09/05/08 - 01:12 pm
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the jews chose to be ignorant
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the jews chose to be ignorant and ended up gassed and baked in an oven. you and others need to do some serious reading and research or the same fate will be waiting for you.

EJ
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EJ 09/05/08 - 01:16 pm
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peace, what in the H#LL are

peace, what in the H#LL are you blathering on about? Sheeeeeesh!

peace4784
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peace4784 09/05/08 - 01:25 pm
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you whites want blacks to
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you whites want blacks to forget about your savagery of hanging black people. yet, you go around saluting that KKK confederate flag. you display that confederate statue with the racist comments in front of the augusta chronicle bldg. you people just don't want to be reminded that you are guilty and have a savage history. time has not changed you people very much. just look at how the white controlled military leadership obliterated innocent iraqi citizens with million dollar munitions. they carried this savagery out on the basis of a bald faced lie.

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STAYFOCUSED 09/05/08 - 01:26 pm
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the only punch she packed was

the only punch she packed was the punch she packed in the lunch boxes of the hockey team.

peace4784
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peace4784 09/05/08 - 01:28 pm
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the point is that human
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the point is that human savagery has happened by all races of people and we need to be reminded so that it will not keep happening. that is why the jews will not let the world ever forget what happened to them. they obviously have learned their lesson. we must do the same, despite the ignorance we are confronted with.

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STAYFOCUSED 09/05/08 - 01:30 pm
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to convertedsoutherner, he

to convertedsoutherner, he may be a dark man, but he's not a name called self centered red neck woman.

peace4784
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peace4784 09/05/08 - 01:32 pm
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see how this election has
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see how this election has divided us as americans and humans. that is my point. lets stay focused on what does not divide us. see how easily we are manipilated by the news media and talking heads. i have proved my point. take care.

ibewalkintamemphis
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ibewalkintamemphis 09/05/08 - 01:34 pm
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peace4784, ROFLMAO, boy you

peace4784, ROFLMAO, boy you sure are funny!!! "Time for the black man". You could be the next Richard Pryor!!!!!!!

mojo
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mojo 09/05/08 - 01:43 pm
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Ok - what's not to like about

Ok - what's not to like about this lady? She's attractive successful and makes the difficult but correct choices in her professional and personal life - perhaps this is what frightens the libs - they've looked at difficult situations and take the easy way out on someone else's dime. She slugged her way to the governor's mansion and what does she do? She clears out the domestic and protective staff and drives herself to work. She sold the governor's private jet on ebay! (Note to Cathy Cox - smaller classroom size IS more important than your comfort as you jet/copter around the state). Come on - in touch with average folks? She has a teenage daughter who's pregnant - what does she do? She supports her daughter in a decision she can be proud of for the rest of her life. She finds out her unborn child has down syndrome - what does she do? She has the baby and you can bet will provide the best care possible for the child.

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willistontownsc 09/05/08 - 01:44 pm
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The only punch Palin packed

The only punch Palin packed was right back at herself. Her insult on community organizers is really gonna hurt the GOP, as if her nomination didn't hurt the party bad enough.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 09/05/08 - 01:46 pm
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And Palin is under

And Palin is under investigation for some underhanded stuff she did.

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toppergem 09/05/08 - 01:50 pm
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Yeah you are so right seh

Yeah you are so right seh sure packed a punch...but, what was most telling on Wednesday was how she is quite capable of twisting the truth and telling out right lies. So if that is what you want in the White House have at it folks.

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reddog 09/05/08 - 01:51 pm
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Palin gave a good speech.

Palin gave a good speech. The bits and bytes I was able to sit through. I kept wanting to take out the trash, put away my shoes; I even thought about mowing the lawn in the dark. That woman has one of the most annoying nagging voices I've heard since the Edith Bunker was on the air. They have got to do something about that voice! Even my two dogs left the room!

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Rozzie2003 09/05/08 - 01:51 pm
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Mike Ryan, you are an

Mike Ryan, you are an intelligent person and I don't believe you wrote the editorial, "Palin pack a punch", Let face it, the lady is a lightweight, intelligent wise. Sure, she read well a speech Karl Rove's buddy wrote. I don't think she represents the best among Republican women. I have spoken to three Republican women who feel embaressed about Mrs. Paylin. One lady said that Mrs. Palin reminded her of Marilyn Monroe. We better be careful who we support. Our country needs a visionary leader who can motivate each of us and ask us to make sacrifies to get our country competive again. Unemployment is rising ( 6.1 unemployed) and some companies are experiencing financial difficulty including The Chronicle. We have lost respect among some of the Asian and European countries. We have many domestic problems that are going unsolved Some of us are acting as everything is OK. Let face it, Bush has wrecked our country. Another Dummie and I am not being disrepectful to the office of the president, but to the person in the office. We better wake up and come together as Americans and forget parties . We are in trouble and don't know it.

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Rozzie2003 09/05/08 - 01:53 pm
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Mike Ryan, you are an

Mike Ryan, you are an intelligent person and I don't believe you wrote the editorial, "Palin pack a punch", Let face it, the lady is a lightweight, intelligent wise. Sure, she read well a speech Karl Rove's buddy wrote. I don't think she represents the best among Republican women. I have spoken to three Reblican women who feel embaressed about Mrs. Paylin.
One lady said that Mrs. Paylin reminded her of Marilyn Monroe.
We better be careful who we support. Our country need a visionary leader who can motivate each of us and ask us to make sacrifies to get our country competive again.
Unemployment is rising ( 6.1 unemployed) and some companies are experiencing financial difficulty including The Chronicle. We have lost respect among some of the Asian and European countries. We have many domestic problems that are going unsolved Some of us are acting as everything is OK. Let face it, Bush has wrecked our country. Another Dummie and I am not being disrepectful to the office of the president, but to the person in the office. We better wake up and come together as Americans and forget parties . We are in trouble and don't know it.

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christian134 09/05/08 - 01:56 pm
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It certainly isn't going to

It certainly isn't going to be the Democratic party I intend to put my confidence especially with the likes of Obama and his followers...If they are anything like that peace4784 person which I firmly believe they are then they can go take a dip in the Atlantic and wave to Hurricane Ike...Okay go wave at the hurricane and take a life jacket...:-)

reddog
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reddog 09/05/08 - 02:00 pm
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Repent repugs--repent and see

Repent repugs--repent and see the teachings of Lord you say you praise.

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noway 09/05/08 - 02:00 pm
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Are you really kidding me?

Are you really kidding me? You all are just kidding yourselves. You are ignoring everything you have ever insulted a democrat for in the past, and now saying it's all wonderful with this woman. After McCain's speech, his VP and all the other republicans who spoke should be ashamed of themselves because none of them were in line with what McCain had to say. He wants everyone to get along, to cross party lines and do what's best for America, but all the other republicans just want to bash and talk hate talk. I wish McCain would have opened the convention and set a different tone, you would probably get more of the undecideds, and independents. This hateful, hypocritical speech of palin's isn't what John McCain needs. He needs a good man like himself, who does care about America and doesn't hate Americans that aren't like him, unlike palin and the other republicans.

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FallingLeaves 09/05/08 - 02:20 pm
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When someone calls another a

When someone calls another a liar and it is not true, what does that make the person making the accusation? Palin is not a liar.

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toppergem 09/05/08 - 02:23 pm
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Turn up the air

Turn up the air conditioning...it is getting hot in here!!!!

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 09/05/08 - 02:26 pm
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LOL. I liked your 3:23

LOL. I liked your 3:23 topper. A sense of humor always helps, doesn't it?

christian134
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christian134 09/05/08 - 02:29 pm
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Hey baroness how goes it

Hey baroness how goes it today? Good I hope..:-)

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 09/05/08 - 02:30 pm
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noway, there was nothing

noway, there was nothing hateful about Palin's speech, what are you talking about? Excuse me, Palin is married to and absolutely loves her husband, who is a true minority (part Eskimo) and you think she hates people that aren't like her? Give me a break. Most of the Republicans I know are tolerant, caring people who abhor racism, discrimination, and bias as much or more so than many Democrats. They also think for themselves and don't vote simply along party lines.

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FallingLeaves 09/05/08 - 02:32 pm
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fine christian134. Have you

fine christian134. Have you been thrown to the lions yet today? I know you and I don't agree with each other all the time, but no one can say us posters are lukewarm, right? (God doesn't like lukewarm). I'm learning a lot on here, are you? (It sure has helped my typing skills, too!) LOL.

christian134
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christian134 09/05/08 - 02:35 pm
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Yep been eaten up a little

Yep been eaten up a little today but it just rolls off..I am glad to hear your doing good... Did you check out that person who goes under the name of peace4784...My goodness that person is so full of rage and ugliness...:-)

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justthefacts 09/05/08 - 02:47 pm
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Rozzie, what sacrifices are

Rozzie, what sacrifices are you willing to make. List one...just one.

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dani 09/05/08 - 03:10 pm
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Dem's are looking for "hot"

Dem's are looking for "hot" photos of Palin. Rumor is they will use Hillary to counteract Palin, is that funny or what. Hillary, who could never be thought of in the same breath as "hot" will only appear envious.

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